Confucius Institute at QUT Holds 10th “Study Tour of the Confucius Institute at QUT Australia” Project

[Source]    Confucius Institute at QUT [Time]    2019-10-15 17:12:04 
 

From September 20th to 29th, Confucius Institute at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia held the 10th Queensland “Study Tour of the Confucius Institute at QUT Australia” project under the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Jiangsu Education Department and Jiangsu Normal University. The Delegation includes 11 principals and vice principals of primary and secondary schools of different sizes and types from different parts of Queensland.

Under the leadership of Antoine Barnaart, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at QUT, and Sun Longcun, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at QUT, the delegation went to Jiangsu Province and Beijing for an inspection, visiting schools in Nanjing, Xuzhou and other places to interact with Chinese teachers and students. The visit tour not only carried on the traditions of previous school visits and cultural experiences, but also expanded the horizons for new projects and established a beneficial platform for in-depth exchanges and cooperation in education between China and Australia.

At the China-Australian School Principals' Symposium themed with “One World, One Dream-Sharing and Comparing School Education Between China and Australia” in Nanjing, Lachlan Thatcher, Principal of Capalaba State College in Australia; Michael Hurst, Principal of Boan Island State School; Lisa Hawkin, Principal of Brisbane State High School in Australia; Yan Jin, Principal of Lhasa Road Primary School; Hu Song, Principal of the 29th Middle School; and Zhu Ling, Vice-Principal of High School Affiliated To Nanjing University launched educational exchanges on the theme of "Sharing and Comparing School Education Between China and Australia".

During the visit, the delegation also visited seven different types of schools, including Nanjing Commercial College and Nanjing Chibi Road Primary School to thoroughly experience the campus and cultural atmosphere of the Gulou District in Nanjing, and to experience in person the classes and school-based curricula of the Schools in Gulou District as well.


Delegation visiting the school

In Xuzhou, the delegation participated in the second exchange symposium themed with "Exploring School Education in China and Australia: Implication for Partnership", and carried out in-depth exchanges with representatives from Jiangsu Model and Art Vocational School, Jiangsu Normal University Affiliated Experimental School, Xuzhou Qingnian Road Primary School, Xuzhou Keji Middle School, Xuzhou Shaohua Street Primary School and other schools.

Members of the delegation also attended the Confucius Culture Workshop organized by Jiangsu Normal University in Yunlong Academy, learned about the practical innovation mode of "15-Year Consistent System for Innovative Talents" in Jiangsu Normal University Affiliated Experimental School, and experienced the development and charm of Chinese vocational education in Jiangsu Model and Art Vocational School. The delegation members also watched martial arts exercises and dragon and lion dance performances in Qingnian Road Primary School, witnessing the inheritance and promotion of traditional Chinese culture in children.


Delegation visiting Yunlong academy

In Beijing, the delegation visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters. At the exchange meeting, Antoine Barnaart thanked the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Jiangsu Education Department and Jiangsu Normal University for their support and spoke highly of the outstanding contributions made by the Confucius Institute and the volunteer teachers in Chinese teaching to promote Chinese in Queensland. He said that the "Chinese Language + Vocational Skills" pilot project launched by the Confucius Institute at QUT has achieved success and will be rolled out in four Confucius Classrooms and teaching sites within two years.


Delegation visiting the Confucius Institute Headquarters

Robin Rayner, Executive Principal of Urangan State High School, introduced the operation of the first Confucius Classroom in remote Queensland—the Confucius Classroom at Urangan State High School in the seven years since its establishment. Thanks to the Confucius Classroom, local students have the chance to get in touch with multiculturalism for the first time. Michael Lobb, Vice Principal of Sunnybank Hills State School, shared the story of the "Friendship Program" between the school and its "sister school"—Beijing Primary School. Susan Omar, Head of Special Education Services at Education Queensland, expressed her thanks to the support of the Confucius Classroom at Urangan State High School, saying that her students for the first time had the chance to learn a foreign language. Joanne Wernecke, the representative of the small-scale schools in Queensland, said that her visit to China this time was to make preparations for the offering of Chinese courses next year—the first foreign language course of their school.

The delegation visited 12 schools of various types in 3 cities of the two provinces and cities, held 4 educational and teaching seminars of various types, and visited Chinese historical and cultural relic sites including the Great Wall, Zhongshan Mausoleum, The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, Mausoleums of China’s Han Dynasty and other cooperative organizations including the Confucius Institute Headquarters. This activity deepened the exchanges and cooperation in education between China and Australia, through which many principals expressed their willingness to further strengthen cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.